Montana Andreola

Ever since I was three years old, I have loved to dance. At first, I just loved wearing pink skirts, twirling in circles, seeing my friends at ballet class and pretending to be a real ballerina. Then I began to perform in shows, and compete in competitions, and the fire really started. I absolutely loved the costumes, the makeup and the back-stage butterflies, but more than anything I loved to be on stage.

I’ve trained in numerous genres of dance such as tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop, ballet, and modern. There’s not one I dislike, but I think jazz is my favourite. It’s upbeat, fast-paced and impressive.

Throughout the years I have had many teachers that have all taught me different, memorable things. I am lucky to have every single one of them in my life, because it has shaped me into the dancer I am today. Along with teachers, I have also had numerous dance pieces in competitions and performances that have influenced me as well.

I’ve done so many dance routines that it’s difficult to remember them all, but there are a few I could never forget. My first solo in competitions, for example, was called “Buffalo Billy,” and to this day I can remember how nervous I was to have no one else there to copy in case I forgot! I will also never forget the duo Jordyn Penry and I did to “Single Ladies.” We were complete dorks, impersonating Beyonce’s dance moves, and had so much fun choreographing it. When we brought it to competitions everyone cheered as we made fools of ourselves and loved every second of it.

My biggest inspiration is Miss Alana Rybar. She has created something here in Fernie that no one has ever seen before. Dancers are truly blessed to have the Creative Energy Arts Factory. It’s a fantastic studio, with great teachers and great people! Miss Alana always says that we are creating magic when we make our shows, and it’s very true. She is always positive, and comes into class with a smile. She battled cancer while running a studio, and she still managed to have a strong positive exterior. She is very honourable woman, and a great role model.

Another person who inspired me to be a better dancer is my old dance teacher Miss Rachel Daw. She made me truly passionate about dance, and to want to be at the dance studio every day I could. She also inspired and pushed me to go to my first dance audition. I went to an audition in Spokane, for the Alberta Ballet.

Every Christmas, and every spring we have a performance. For the past three years at the Creative Energy Arts Factory we have performed The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Peter Pan, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. This coming Christmas our performance is unlike anything we have done before. We are performing an original show, written by our very own teachers called Heroes: The Rise of Inferno. Miss Alana and Miss Malissa have even created their own super hero. This year’s dates are December 13 and 14, the 14 being a Friday night, which is new as well. This show is going to be unique and exiting, and I cannot wait to perform as a super hero!

Dance has taught me many things, other than to point my toes and to fully extend my arms. It’s made me a better performer in all aspects of the arts and is a way to stay in shape, improve posture and have fun. The dance studio is like a second home to me, and the people that are there like family.